Morning Headlines — November 20th

Srushti Gangdev / November 20, 2018

The Vancouver Park Board will be dedicating $35k in funding for trans-friendly arts workshops, training, and inclusive programming.

Vancouver Park Board approves $35k in funding for trans-inclusive community centre programs

The Vancouver Park Board has voted unanimously to approve $35,000 in funding for trans-inclusive programming in community centres in the city.

The funding was approved at the Park Board’s first committee meeting since the municipal election, and focuses on arts programs and other gender-inclusive programming, along with training for staff.

The announcement comes as members of the global trans community mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which remembers victims of transphobic murders.

White House announces new rules for journalists

The White House has reinstated CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass — with some caveats.

According to new rules released by the Press Secretary, journalists will only be allowed to ask one question at press conferences. The statement says follow-up questions may be permitted in some circumstances and failure to abide by the new rules will result in press passes being taken away.

Acosta’s press pass was reinstated after CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House for suspending it. The conflict began after a chaotic press conference in which Acosta pressed Trump on issues relating to a Mexican immigrant caravan making its way to US borders, and a White House aide tried to take the microphone away from Acosta.

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass was reinstated as the White House announced new press restrictions.
(Jim Acosta / Twitter)

Nicole Porciello was killed after a suspicious crash in Burnaby last Friday. Police say her injuries were indicative of foul play.
(Nicole Porciello / Facebook)

Police seeking information on suspicious crash that killed Vancouver woman

Police are looking for help to piece together the final hours of the Vancouver woman who was killed in a suspicious crash last Friday.

Special education teaching assistant Nicole Porciello, who also used the last name Hasselmann, was ejected from a car that crashed into a streetlight on Barnet Highway at around 10pm. Investigators say her injuries pointed to foul play.

A 34-year old man was taken to hospital following the crash and is expected to recover fully.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen Porciello or the grey Kia Sorrento she was in on Friday to contact them.